Neal Land & Neighborhoods and HCA Florida Announce HCA Florida North River Ranch℠ Emergency

Left to Right: Charles Varah, VP Investment, Neal Land & Neighborhoods; Tom Panaseny, VP Land Development, Neal Land & Neighborhoods; Brent Barnhisel, VP Strategy & Planning, HCA Healthcare; John A. Neal, President, Neal Land & Neighborhoods; Jyric Sims, HCA Healthcare West Florida Division President; Cathy Edmisten, HCA Florida South Shore Hospital CEO; Kristopher Bryant, HCA Healthcare, Strategy and Planning; and Sarah Tavener, HCA Florida South Shore Hospital VP of Operations

PARRISH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2023) – Neal Land & Neighborhoods and HCA Florida Healthcare leaders gathered to announce the HCA Florida North River Ranch Emergency℠ center that will anchor the planned North River Ranch Village Center. This marks the kick-off of a multitude of diverse and exceptional services coming to the award-winning master-planned community that will bring a positive economic impact to the region through access to quality healthcare, jobs, education, and entertainment. North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community of local land developer Neal Land & Neighborhoods.

The new full-service emergency center will be an extension of HCA Florida as part of the 22 acres purchased by HCA Healthcare last year for the buildout of a world-class healthcare facility. As part of phase one of development plans, HCA Florida North River Ranch Emergency will be a 13,950-square-foot facility with 11 exam rooms and a laboratory to provide emergency services for adults and children of all ages. It will be open 24/7 and offer X-rays, CT scanning, ultrasound, and other services.

“This is an important accomplishment for our team as we take another step forward in bringing this high-caliber medical center to our community, which will further enhance both North River Ranch and North Manatee County’s position in the Southwest Florida market,” said John A. Neal, president of Neal Land & Neighborhoods. “North River Ranch is designed as a sustainable community with walkable access to schools, healthcare, shopping, and world-class amenities because as master-planned community developers, we are focused on the long-term vision and benefits to our residents.”

“We look forward to bringing a freestanding emergency center to the North River Ranch community and expanding access to medical care to northern Manatee County and this beautiful community,” said Cathy Edmisten, chief executive officer of HCA Florida South Shore Hospital. “For our caregivers, it will create a wonderful opportunity to live and work in a well-planned residential community.”

As the wellness-focused center at North River Ranch, the Village Center will offer access to medical services, fitness, and natural spaces that reflect the active and healthy lifestyle of the community.

The medical facility, which Manatee County commissioners unanimously approved in May 2023, will be accessed from U.S. 301 as a part of the Village Center, located on the northeast corner of Moccasin Wallow Rd and Fort Hamer Rd. The Fort Hamer Rd extension, designed and built by Neal Land & Neighborhoods, will enable access to the new and forthcoming medical center.

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable, and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. For additional information, visit

About North River Ranch

North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community for Neal Land & Neighborhoods, strategically positioned and carefully planned to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s families and active adults. Located in Parrish, Fla., the amenity-rich development is a fresh approach to development in Southwest Florida unlike anything in the market today. North River Ranch is an award-winning community with approvals for 6,000 residences across several neighborhoods featuring abundant recreation and amenities, judicious land planning and management, commercial development, a hospital, and nearby schools. Current home builders consist of Pulte Homes, David Weekley Homes, Neal Communities, Homes by WestBay, and Cardel Homes Florida. North River Ranch has received Bradenton’s Best Gold Award for Best Master Planned Community since 2022. For more information, visit

Originally posted 2023-10-04 16:33:51.